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Bungie sues ‘Destiny 2’ YouTuber who issued almost 100 fake DMCA claims

In December of last year, a YouTuber by the name of Lord Nazo received copyright takedown notices from CSC Global — the brand protection vendor contracted by game creator Bungie — for uploading tracks from their game Destiny 2’s original soundtrack. While some content creators might remove the offending material or appeal the copyright notice, Nazo, whose real name is Nicholas Minor, allegedly made the ill-fated decision to impersonate CSC Global and issue dozens of fake DMCA notices to his fellow creators. As first spotted by The Game Post, Bungie is now suing him for a whopping $7.6 million.

“Ninety-six times, Minor sent DMCA takedown notices purportedly on behalf of Bungie, identifying himself as Bungie’s ‘Brand Protection’ vendor in order to have YouTube instruct innocent creators to delete their Destiny 2 videos or face copyright strikes,” the lawsuit claims, “disrupting Bungie’s community of players, streamers, and fans. And all the while, ‘Lord Nazo’ was taking part in the community discussion of ‘Bungie’s’ takedowns.” Bungie is seeking “damages and injunctive relief” that include $150,000 for each fraudulent copyright claim: a total penalty of $7,650,000, not including attorney’s fees.

The game developer is also accusing Minor of using one of his fake email aliases to send harassing emails to the actual CSC Global with the subject lines such as “You’re in for it now” and “Better start running. The clock is ticking.” Minor also allegedly authored a “manifesto” that he sent to other members of the Destiny 2 community — again, under an email alias — in which he “took credit” for some of his activities. The recipients promptly forwarded the email to Bungie.

As detailed in the lawsuit, Minor appears to have done the bare minimum to cover his tracks: the first batch of fake DMCA notices used the same residential IP address he used to log-in to both his Destiny and Destiny 2 accounts, the latter of which shared the same Lord Nazo username as his YouTube, Twitter and Reddit accounts. He only switched to a VPN on March 27th — following media coverage of the fake DMCA notices. Meanwhile, Minor allegedly continued to log-in to his Destiny account under his original IP address until May.

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Bungie will reveal what’s next for ‘Destiny 2’ on August 24th

fans will soon find out more about the future of the game. Bungie will host a showcase on August 24th, and although there aren’t many more concrete details, it’s very probable that the studio will reveal more details about the upcoming expansion, The Witch Queen.

A gave some hints about what’s in store. Along with a tagline that reads “survive the truth,” there’s a symbol that has been Savathun, the Hive witch queen. Savathun is also known as the “Queen of Lies” and “The Deceitful Sister,” which certainly have a connection with that “survive the truth” line.

Bungie has been planting the seeds for a bigger focus on Savathun in recent months, following years of teases about the character. Season 14 has seen the Vex imposing upon the Last City, and (spoiler warning) it seems Savathun was behind it all. That gives credence to rumors Savathun will be the main villain in The Witch Queen expansion.

What’s more, the studio said in February that it would have more to share about “The Witch Queen and beyond” in late summer. The timing of the showcase matches up with that.

Earlier this year, Bungie , partly because of the impact of COVID-19. The studio had long been thinking about shifting its annual expansions to the first half of each year anyway, “primarily for the health of the team.”

Meanwhile, alongside Season 15. We might learn more details about that important change during the showcase. The current season is scheduled to end on the day of the event. Season 15 should start soon afterward.

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The Best Games Like Destiny 2 That You Can Play Right Now

Destiny 2’s season passes provide ongoing content, but there may still be times when players feel like trying something different … but not too different. If you like the idea of trying another multiplayer looter-shooter, preferably with interesting RPG elements thrown it (but no Stasis powers), there are games you really should give a shot. Check out these titles to see which you should start with, and you’ll be telling your friends to join you in no time!

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The Division 2

The Division 2 isn’t exactly a Destiny clone, but it’s one of the closest experiences you can get if you are interested in similar looter-shooter gameplay with plenty of endgame activities. The campaign will take you through a virus-ravaged Washington, D.C., filled with threats, but it’s the raids, PvP modes, and other endgame content that really encourage you to stick around.

Multiple updates and changes through The Division 2’s life have made it more enjoyable and kept the player base around, too — and there are continuing seasons plus major updates planned for the future. Oh, if you decide you like it, keep an eye on developer Massive’s plans for an upcoming Star Wars game, too!

Outriders

Outriders Crafting Guide.

The third-person Outriders has more than a little in common with Destiny, as you pick from four classes of super-powered humans (earth, fire, tech, and time-based) to do battle against enemies and wildlife on a hostile alien world. The loot, however, is more reminiscent of an ARPG and can quickly become addictive to find or craft, especially as you unlock new modifiers or abilities for your guns and armor. There are also more unique elements, like the “heal by killing” mechanics and some innovative teleporting abilities — you’ll want to experiment a little with everything when you first start.

While Outriders stumbled a little at the beginning from some bugs and balancing issues, it has been patched with fixes, loot boosts, and other changes that mean it’s the perfect time to try it out. Solo players will find a lot to love here, but when you reach the endgame you’ll want to team up for some of the best results!

World War Z

Street in World War Z game with shooters and zombies.

Yes, World War Z is a game as well as a book and movie, but you don’t have to know much about the zombie-filled world to appreciate the gameplay and missions here. Think of it like Left 4 Dead meets Destiny, offering you a variety of classes with their own abilities and throwing you into maps where the threat of zombie swarms is constantly present. Team up with friends, find powerful weapons and upgrades, and know the right time to build defenses — and the right time to start running. Missions are relatively short and easy to hop into, so you don’t need to commit a lot of time for a quick run.

Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 classes.

More crazy guns, more interplanetary antics, and more loot to find — if you enjoyed the gameplay cycle of the earlier Borderlands games, you should certainly try jumping into the third installment! While the story does include some returning characters, this time around you have four new classes to experiment with, and new ability interactions that make planning your build more fun than ever. The endgame can ramp up the difficulty and dangerous boss encounters for better loot, but don’t worry: Borderlands 3 remains playable both in single-player and with a team.

Warframe

Warframe fight in a hallway.

A free-to-play sci-fi game packed with lore, smooth action, powerful abilities, and a devoted community … that seems familiar, right? Warframe is daunting to jump into, with a lot to learn about both the game’s universe and how to play/craft, but if you really want something to sink your teeth into, we suggest giving it a shot. Just play the beginning missions and explore any new mechanics as you find them. Fortunately, experienced players tend to show up to offer advice (and show off their frames), so you’ll pick things up in no time. Remember, while you can easily find and buy blueprints for new frames, you are locked into your starter frame and can’t make a new character, so choose wisely!

Deep Rock Galactic

Fighting insects in the Deep Rock Galactic mines.

This huge indie hit rightfully deserves its praise, and once you’ve joined the other space dwarves on a dangerous mining mission, you’ll see just how addictive it can be. Every mission is broadly divided into two parts — first, navigating fully mineable space environments to find the best ores, and then fighting your way back to your ship through waves of insectoid armies. Each dwarf class has abilities suited for both actives, and a surprisingly deep leveling system, so there’s lots to explore here … especially if you bring friends along. Rock and stone!

Risk of Rain 2

Risk of Rain 2's exotic world.

Would like a little roguelike in your looter-shooter? The looping style of gameplay may seem like a contradiction, but Risk of Rain 2 pulls it off with a brilliantly designed world where finding power-ups and navigating challenges comes with lasting benefits — and a large list of classes to unlock and experiment with. Progress stages, defeat bosses, unlock loot, and decide if it’s better to keep on pressing forward this run, or escaping the alien planet with everything you can carry.

Monster Hunter: World

Player in Monster Hunter World gathering materials.

While there are technically guns (and bows) in Monster Hunter: World, it may not meet everyone’s idea of a looter-shooter — but we encourage you to give it a try. Picking your favorite weapon, exploring large environments, and taking out enormous monsters of all kinds is incredibly fun. However, World shines most when you can partner up with friends and go on a hunt for the most dangerous game of all (in this case, usually giant dragons). Taking down the immense beasts together is always rewarding, and the wide variety of crafting and upgrades means you can keep improving, too.

Anthem

Javelin suits posing in Anthem.

While support for Anthem may have ended, the game is still available, playable, and particularly affordable if you are looking for deals. Pick your favorite Javelin suit, equip it with powerful abilities, and work to create combos with your friends to deal maximum damage throughout the alien world — all while enjoying the Ironman-like flying fantasy that remains almost impossible to find elsewhere. If you never tried Anthem and are worried that it may be too late, we encourage you to jump in and see what you think, especially if you can bring fellow players along (while it’s possible to play Anthem solo, we don’t really recommend it).

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Bungie begins selling its official Destiny toaster

You can now buy a Destiny toaster to go with your future purchase of an Xbox Mini Fridge. Yes, we’re getting another gaming-themed appliance and this one cranks up the zany dial to the max. As Bungie points out, the toaster actually toasts a Tricorn emblem onto your bread. Plus, it comes with a free container to house all your Destiny-themed sandwiches.

You can pre-order the toaster right now for $85 from the Bungie store and it will ship between this December and January, 2022. Fittingly, you’ll also receive a free Destiny 2 in-game Burnt Edges emblem. As the toaster is a by-product of a charity event, 10 percent of your purchase proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Back in June, the Destiny community raised more than $800,000 for the pediatric treatment center, which specializes in cancer treatment and other life-threatening diseases. To help galvanize fans, Bungie offered to make a toaster if they hit a target of $777,777.77 (the developer has a thing for the number seven). Because nothing fuels a hungry bunch of gamers like the promise of toasted bread.

While the basic two-slice toaster is no match for premium smart and steam-based toasters, it’s clearly meant as a bit of fan service. Destiny players often say “let’s get this bread” when venturing for loot and even refer to the Jötunn rifle as a Toaster.

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Now there’s a Destiny toaster to go with your Xbox Series X mini-fridge

It seems that Microsoft isn’t the only company getting into the appliance game. Bungie is joining Microsoft in rolling out an appliance of its own, today opening up pre-orders for the official Destiny toaster. Destiny fans were promised that Bungie would look into offering a Destiny toaster last year after a fundraising live stream hit a certain donation goal, and now what was once a meme has become a reality.

While some Destiny fans will undoubtedly like to see the commitment to the meme, actually taking home one of these toasters will cost a fair amount of cash. The Destiny toaster is available on the Bungie Store for a hefty $84.99, and it’s safe to say that most people usually wouldn’t expect to spend nearly $100 on a toaster.

In any case, the two-slice Destiny toaster is themed after the Jotunn Fusion Rifle, featuring the same color scheme and the same insignia on the side. As a nice touch, it’ll toast the Destiny logo into your bread, though we do have to wonder how toasted the final product actually is after looking at these images on the Bungie Store.

Bungie says that 10% of the profits from the Destiny toaster will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and that everyone who buys it will get a free sandwich holder as well. Those who pre-order the toaster will also get a code for the “Burnt Edges” emblem in Destiny 2.

It’s actually been a big week for video game appliances, believe it or not. Not only do we have this Destiny toaster, but during the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase during E3 2021, Microsoft revealed that it’s actually making the Xbox Series X mini-fridge and will release it this holiday season. Bungie’s Destiny toaster will be shipping out around the same time, with the company saying that orders should ship in December 2021 or January 2022.

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Destiny 2: How To Unlock and Complete the Expunge Mission

Expunge is the latest activity in Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer. It expands on the Vex network showcased through the Override activity and builds on the story established during the first three weeks of the season.

It’s a little different than the Exotic quest from last season, though. To get you started on the right foot, here’s everything you need to know about Expunge, how to unlock it, and how to complete the first mission — Expunge: Labyrinth.

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What is Expunge in Destiny 2?

Expunge is a multiweek questline in Destiny 2‘s Season of the Splicer. The quest sends you through the Vex network in a series of puzzles, platforming, and combat, and it furthers the story from the season. There are some weekly challenges for Expunge missions, so it’s worth playing through them.

Week three brought the first Expunge mission, and Bungie is expected to release new missions every Tuesday from week three to week eight.

Weeks three, four, and five will bright Expunge: Labyrinth, Styx, and Tartarus, respectively. After that, there will be “corrupted” variants of each of the missions. These missions feature special chests that you can unlock only with a specific keycode in the Splicer Gauntlet. The last mission apparently will be Delphi, which should appear in the final two weeks on the season.

How to unlock Expunge

The first Expunge mission came during week three of Season of the Splicer, but you can’t start it right away. You have to reach and complete the third step of the Path of the Splicer questline before unlocking Expunge: Labyrinth — the first weekly mission for the season.

If haven’t already, head to the HELM and speak with the Splicer Servitor. You could get a few different quests here depending on where you’re at in the season, but you need to complete Path of the Splicer III. At only 20 minutes, it’s worth it, and you’ll check off a seasonal challenge and earn some seasonal gear.

After completing the quest and cracking a Conflux Chest — make sure to craft an Override Key Code beforehand — head back to the Splicer Servitor to complete the quest. It will give you the new Codebreaker Splicer technique and unlock the Expunge: Labyrinth mission. It’s located in the Tangled Shore, and you can launch the mission directly from the map.

Expunge is more difficult than the other seasonal activity, Override. The recommended power level is 1,290, and you can bring up to two other friends with you. If this is your first time or you’re around the recommended power level, you’ll want to assemble a fireteam beforehand.

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Unlike the Presage Exotic mission from Season of the Chosen, Expunge will take place over several weeks in Season of the Splicer. The mission structure is the same, though. It starts with a series of platforming and puzzle challenges before introducing small mobs of enemies and, eventually, a boss.

Before getting started, make sure to equip any Anti-Barrier mods you have. Expunge: Labyrinth features Barrier Champions. Also, pick up the Signal Booster and Wirewalker upgrades for your Splicer Gauntlet. You can get through the mission without them, but together, they will open up new platforms and unlock shortcuts throughout the mission.

The mission starts with some tight platforming through the Vex network. This section is fairly straightforward, but be careful not to get crushed by the moving walls.

You’ll eventually reach an area where you have to make a big jump down a long shaft. The platforming tightens up here. Keep an eye on the thin platforms with a glowing strip to see where to go next. You’ll have to make several leaps of faith, but each of the platforms are reachable.

After some platforming and a couple of enemy encounters, you’ll need to deposit a data spike. A group of Fanatic enemies is waiting to take you down, exploding on impact. Avoid them while you’re still holding the data spike. Do this two more times, and you’ll reach the boss: Fantis, Oppressive Mind.

Fantis is a minotaur boss with horrible aim. Before getting to the boss fight, make sure to activate the Signal Booster panel right outside of the arena (it makes the fight much easier). Unload on Fantis to lower a third of its health. After that’s gone, it will spawn a shield and two additional enemies. These enemies each have a data spike, which you’ll need to deposit at one of two locations outside the boss arena.

This is where Signal Booster comes in. Normally, you have to jump across a series of disappearing platforms, but if you activate the panel, you can use a launch pad to make it over to the deposit point. There’s also a launch pad to make it back, but make sure to jump on it from the top. Hitting the floor next to the launch pad will kill you immediately.

And that’s it. Repeat the process three more time and Fantis will fall.

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Destiny 2 cross-play beta begins next week: What you need to know

Earlier this month, some lucky Destiny 2 players got a brief glimpse that the cross-play functionality that’s heading to the game, but as cross-play was sent live as part of a bug, it was quickly clawed away from them by Bungie. If that makes you, as a Destiny 2 player with friends spread across platforms, sad, then here’s some good news: Cross-play will soon be coming back to Destiny 2 for a limited-time beta test, and this time it’ll be arriving intentionally.

Yes, while cross-play’s brief stint of availability earlier this month was indeed due to a bug, it seems Bungie is ready to now start testing the feature. The Destiny 2 cross-play beta will go live on May 25th and run through May 27th, giving players a few days to test it out. Cross-play will be available in the PlayStation, Xbox, Steam, and Stadia versions of Destiny 2.

One important thing to note is that the cross-play beta will be limited to a special Vanguard Strikes Cross-Play Beta playlist. The good news is that this playlist will be available to every single Destiny 2 player, so you don’t have to do anything to get accepted into the beta – if you play Destiny 2, then your admittance into the beta will be automatic.

Unfortunately, this beta is limited in more ways than just being restricted to a single playlist. For this test, you won’t be able to form a fireteam and you won’t be able to send invites to your friends. The goal, it seems, is to just test matchmaking with this beta, though we imagine we’ll see tests that allow you to form fireteams with friends in the future.

Every one who completes three strikes in the playlist will get the Stars Crossed emblem, which is depicted in the image above. This beta was announced in Bungie’s weekly Destiny 2 update, so be sure to give that a look for more information on what’s ahead.

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Destiny 2: How to Master the New Override Activity

Season of the Splicer brings a new game mode to Destiny 2. Override is a six-player matchmade activity that ties directly into the story of Season of the Splicer and features some of the coolest locations Destiny 2 has seen. Although Override isn’t difficult, there are a lot of ways you can optimize your runs. In this Destiny 2 Override guide, we’re going to show you all of them.

The Override activity requires the Season of the Splicer season pass, and many of the Season of the Splicer weekly challenges require the Override activity. Keep that in mind if you’re a free-to-play player.

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What is Override?

Override is a new six-player game mode in Destiny 2 that’s very similar to Gambit. As part of Season of the Splicer, Override sends you and a group of others through the neon-ridden Vex network to face Tacitas, Subjugated Mind. At the beginning of the season, there’s an Override activity on Europa. A version on the Moon arrives May 18, and a version on the Tangled Shore comes on May 25.

Regardless of the location, all Override activities play out in the same way: They’re split into two parts. For the first part, you need to defeat waves of enemies to bank motes and fill a mote progress bar. At a certain point, a Champion will spawn that you need to defeat. Do that three times, and you’ll be able to enter the Vex network.

This is the second part. In the Vex network, you need to go through a platforming challenge that ends in a boss room. Take down the boss, and the Override activity is done. Override isn’t too complex — it’s basically a one-sided version of Gambit with a platforming section attached. However, there are a lot of small details that can make it easier or harder.

Step 1: Banking motes

The first step is straightforward. Defeat the mix of enemies to earn motes and bank them using the deposit point in the center of the map. You can only carry 10 motes at once, and most enemies only drop a single mote. Depositing motes moves the progress bar on the left side of the screen forward. Once you reach a third — marked by a small diamond — the bank will lock down.

A Champion will spawn. Focus on it and the other blockers, then turn your attention to the bank. At this point, you should see small white cubes floating around the bank. Some of them will slowly turn red. Shoot those, then use the platforms that appear to climb to the top of the bank and hack it. Repeat this process three times to move on to the next section.

You don’t need to do anything else, but you can speed up this process with a Data Spike. A portal near the bank will open during the first section and allow you to briefly infiltrate the Vex network. Go inside and defeat the Champion to earn a Data Spike, then deposit it in the bank to earn bonus progress. Banking Data Spikes will also increase the chance of a Network Anomaly spawn during the boss battle. We’ll get to that later.

Step 2: Through the Vex network

After banking your final motes, the bank will disappear and reveal a hole that will suck you into another dimension — the Vex network. This leads to a short obstacle  course where you’ll need to platform and avoid hazards to make it to the boss. These sections are different each time, but they have some common elements:

  • Long ramps: Most Vex network sections begin with a long ramp that you will slide down. These give you a ton of momentum, so be careful jumping off of them.
  • Lasers and red walls: You will find spinning white lasers and red wall obstacles throughout the course. These will kill you immediately, so avoid them if you can.
  • White barriers: You will come up against white, semi-transparent barriers with floating Vex cubes protecting them. Destroy the cubes to destroy the barrier.

The platforming section is tricky, especially if you’re not used to it. Thankfully, you don’t need to make it to the end. As long as one of your team members makes it to the end, they can carry you to the boss room. You can also invest in the Codestrider upgrade for your Splicer Gauntlet to make these sections easier.

Step 3: Defeat the boss

At the end of the platforming section, you’ll end up in the boss room facing off against Tacitas, Subjugated Mind. It’s a big, bad Wyvern that can kill you with a few close range or distance hits, so make sure to use cover and keep track of your health.

Like most Destiny 2 bosses, this one happens in thirds. Focus your fire on the front and back of Tacitas — where it can actually take damage — until you’ve depleted a third of its health. At that point, it will retreat to the center pillar, and a special enemy, the Scytal, will spawn. Defeat the Scytal for a Data Spike, then deposit the Data Spike in the marked location. Meanwhile, your other teammates should shoot the Vex cubes around the map to break the shield in the center of the room.

Repeat this process a couple of times more, and you’re all done. During the fight, make sure to look out for a special enemy called Network Anomaly. These are basically loot goblins that will drop Decrypted Data, and they spawn randomly. However, Bungie has confirmed that depositing more Data Spikes increases their spawn chance. Decrypted Data is the currency you use to upgrade the Splicer Gauntlet.

After you’re done, you can claim your reward. If you crafted a Key Code using your Splicer Gauntlet, a Conflux Chest will spawn next to the main one that rewards you with Season of the Splicer gear and Decrypted Data.

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Destiny 2: How to Unlock and Upgrade the Splicer Gauntlet

Destiny 2’s Season of the Splicer brings a ton of new ways to play the game. The new Splicer Gauntlet is similar to last season’s Hammer of Proving, offering an interesting gameplay loop attached to the new Override activity. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to unlock and upgrade the Splicer Gauntlet, as well as how to efficiently gather Ether, craft Key Codes, and crack Conflux Chests.

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What the Splicer Gauntlet is, how to use it, and how to unlock it

You will automatically earn the Splicer Gauntlet after starting Season of the Splicer and playing the first seasonal quest. Before you can get to that, you need to complete the season’s introductory quest, The Lost Splicer. It’s short and easy, and you’re booted directly into it the first time you start Destiny 2 since the new season began.

After it’s done, you’ll end up in an expanded version of the HELM with the first seasonal quest: Path of the Splicer I. Like most seasonal quests, this one shouldn’t take you too long (plus you’ll knock out a weekly challenge). Complete it to progress the story and to unlock the Splicer Gauntlet.

The Splicer Gauntlet is similar to last season’s Hammer of Proving. You can use it to unlock chests at the end of this season’s Override activity to earn season-exclusive armor and weapons, but you can only unlock chests if you have a special Key Code. Like any mechanic in Destiny 2, there’s a gameplay loop attached to the Splicer Gauntlet.

Here’s how it works: You earn Ether by playing Destiny 2. You use that Ether to craft a Key Code with the Splicer Gauntlet, and then you can use that Key Code to unlock a Conflux Chest at the end of an Override activity. It’s similar to how Armor Synthesis works in Season of the Splicer, just way less grindy.

How to gather Ether for the Splicer Gauntlet

Before you can do anything, you need to gather Ether. The good news is that you can do, well, anything to gather Ether. Playlist activities, public events, and defeating combatants anywhere in the system will reward you with Ether. However, some activities reward you with more than others.

Hover over the Splicer Gauntlet in your Director to see where you can earn bonus Ether. At the time of writing, players can earn bonus Ether by completing strikes, but we imagine Bungie will update the bonus Ether drops throughout the season.

You don’t need to worry about that too much, though. The Splicer Gauntlet can only hold 100 Ether at a time, and you’ll hit that within an hour of doing basically any activity in Destiny 2. You don’t really need to focus on gathering Ether. You need to focus on using it.

How to craft Key Codes and use the Splicer Gauntlet

After you hit 100 Ether, you won’t gather any more. To keep things moving as efficiently as possible, you need to use your Ether as it comes in. Open the Director and navigate to the Quests tab to find the Splicer Gauntlet. Follow to the Details page to start crafting Key Codes.

Under the Key Codes tab, you can spend 50 Ether to craft one Key Code, and the Splicer Gauntlet can store up to three Key Codes at a time. At the beginning of the season, this is the only way to craft Key Codes. However, there are empty slots next to where you can craft Key Codes, so it’s possible you can use some currency other than Ether to craft them down the time.

From there, all you need to do is complete an Override activity. At the end, you’ll find a Conflux Chest next to the main chest that will reward you with Season of the Splicer gear and another vague resource: Decrypted Data. This is the resource you’ll need to upgrade the Splicer Gauntlet.

How to upgrade the Splicer Gauntlet (and the best upgrades to unlock)

You can purchase various upgrades for the Splicer Gauntlet with Decrypted Data. These upgrades are all focused around the Override activity and the Splicer Gauntlet itself, and they can make the process of gathering Ether and crafting Key Codes much easier.

You can purchase upgrades from the Splicer Servitor. Head to the HELM using the Director, then head to the new section for this season to find the Splicer Servitor. Interact with it and choose Splicer Gauntlet Upgrade from the menu to see the upgrades.

There are three tiers of each upgrade, and you need the previous tier to unlock the next. Tier I upgrades cost 100 Decrypted Data, Tier II upgrades cost 300, and Tier III upgrades cost 500. You, of course, earn Decrypted Data from Conflux Chests, but you can also earn it by completing weekly challenges.

Here are the upgrades you should invest that hard-earned Decrypted Data in:

  • Memory Expansion: This is, without a doubt, the first upgrade you should pick up. The Tier I version increases your Gauntlet’s Ether capacity by 50 and gives you an extra Key Code slot. We recommend going straight to Tier III with this one, actually. With all three upgrades, your Splicer Gauntlet can hold 300 Ether and six Key Codes.
  • Override Efficiency: Override is a great way to get new seasonal gear, and this upgrade increases the rewards of Override chests. Additionally, the Tier I upgrade offers a chance for Vex chests to drop seasonal gear and increases the reward of Conflux Chests to have a chance to drop an Umbral Engram and up to one Focused Umbral Engram per week.
  • Codestrider: This upgrade opens up additional platforms in the Vex network during Override activities. It’s not really necessary, but it can make getting through the tricky Vex obstacle course a little easier. You could also invest in Deletion Exclusion, which reduces the damage of lasers and wall defenses in the Vex network.

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Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer: Armor Synthesis Transmog Guide

Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer brings the long-requested transmog feature to the game in the form of Armor Synthesis. The new feature allows you to change the appearance of armor pieces without changing their stats, but you need to jump through a lot of hoops to get there. In this guide, we’ve gathered everything you need to know about the Armor Synthesis transmog system, how it works, and what you need to do to unlock it.

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What is the Armor Synthesis transmog system in Destiny 2?

Destiny 2 fans have been asking for a transmogrification system for a while. A transmog system lets you change the appearance of a piece of gear without changing its stats. So, if you like the look of one pair of gauntlets in Destiny 2 but the stats of another, you can have the best of both worlds by using the gauntlets you want while having them appear as another set. Bungie has offered this customization for a while through ornaments, which players can purchase from the store.

The problem was that there weren’t ornaments for everything, so players couldn’t apply the look of a piece of armor they liked, even if it was in their collection. Season of the Splicer changes that. Bungie has introduced a transmog system called Armor Synthesis. The gist of Armor Synthesis is that it allows you to turn a piece of armor in your collection into an ornament, which you can apply to other pieces of armor.

As any Destiny 2 player knows, though, things are never that simple. Armor Synthesis has a whole gameplay loop attached to it that’s pretty involved.

How to unlock Armor Synthesis

Before you can use Armor Synthesis, you need to unlock it. Head to the Tower and speak to Banshee-44. He’ll give you a quest that’ll send you to Ada-1 (also in the Tower) and to Europa to investigate the Braytech facility. The quest isn’t too involved. Head to the Braytech facility, deal with the few combatants inside and gather the materials marked by the quest.

After you’ve gathered everything, head back to the Tower and speak with Ada-1 to finish the Loom. The processor you picked up in the Braytech facility is the final missing piece, and with the Loom created, you can take part in Armor Synthesis. Ada-1 will give you a few starting materials, and you’ll need to use them to apply a new ornament to your armor.

How to use the new appearance customization screen

The end of the quest will leave you in the Appearance Customization screen. You can do a couple of things here. First, you can apply shaders to all or some of your armor pieces. Starting in Season of the Splicer, shaders are no longer single-use consumables. You can use the same shader across your armor set and apply it for the same Glimmer cost. That said, shaders are more expensive in Eververse now.

You can also create an ornament in the Appearance Customization screen. When you select a piece of armor, you’ll see all of the ornaments that you’ve earned from season passes and purchased from Eververse, along with the armor pieces in your collection. The ones in your collection are locked, and you’ll need to spend Synthweave to unlock them. Ada-1 gives you a lot of Synthweave to start, so that shouldn’t be an issue for your first few armor pieces.

This is how Armor Synthesis works in Destiny 2. You can turn a piece of armor you’ve unlocked into an ornament using Synthweave, and you can apply that ornament to another armor piece to change its appearance but not its stats. Synthweave doesn’t grow on trees, though. Talk to Ada-1 again to learn more about two other currencies: Synthstrand and Synthcord.

Synthstrand, Synthweave, and Synthcord explained

There’s a basic loop for earning more Synthweave. First, you need Synthstrand. Ada-1 will give you a bundle to start, but otherwise, you’ll get it naturally just by playing Destiny 2. It’s dropped by enemies you defeat, so you’ll have a huge bundle of it in no time. You can only carry 500 at a time, and your goal should be to get at least 450 before returning to Ada-1.

You can then spend Synthstrand to unlock bounties from Ada-1. They cost 150 Synthstrand a piece, and they’ll each reward you with 100 Synthcord and some XP. There are five types of bounties: Vanguard, Crucible, Gambit, destination, and raid/dungeon. The bounty will give you a random objective for the respective activity, but choose carefully. You can only complete 10 Armor Synthesis bounties per class, per season.

Unfortunately, these bounties are a little more involved than the typical ones you’d pick up for Gambit or Crucible. We picked up a strike one, for example, that required four strikes and 200 enemies defeated with Arc damage. They’re more involved than bounties but not as deep as quests.

After you complete the bounty, return to the Loom. You should have 100 Synthcord now, which is awarded from Armor Synthesis bounties. Turn in your Synthcord at the Loom to earn Synthweave for your class. 100 Synthcord gets you a single Synthweave, so you’re in for a grind if you want to make a lot of ornaments.

To recap:

  • Defeat enemies to earn Synthstrand 
  • Use Synthstrand to purchase bounties
  • Complete bounties to earn Synthcord
  • Convert Synthcord into Synthweave at the Loom
  • Spend Synthweave to unlock new armor ornaments

Synthweave is only good for the class you earned it with, so you can only use Hunter Synthweave with Hunter armor and so on. There is a way to convert armor from any class into a universal ornament, though. In the store, you can purchase Synthweave Templates for 300 Silver a piece or in a bundle of five for 1,000 Silver ($3 and $10, respectively).

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